Review and Giveaway of Little Gems for Piano

UPDATE: I was just alerted (Thanks, Amy!) that the comments were turned off on this post. Oops! Apparently a setting got changed so that in all new posts comments were not enabled. You should be able to leave comments now!

If you’ve been around Music Matters Blog for a while you know that I am a huge fan of rote teaching as a vehicle for teaching students technique and artistry. Piano Safari is my absolute favorite resource in this respect! But I was thrilled when I was recently contacted by Paula Dreyer, author and composer of a new collection of rote teaching pieces called, “Little Gems for Piano.” There are two volumes, the first one is for beginners and the second one is labeled Early Intermediate. Some of the early beginner ones didn’t appeal to me very much, but the further I got in the book the more I enjoyed the sound of the pieces.

Here’s a clip of one of my favorites in Volume 1: Carnival Celebration:

In addition to utilizing rote pieces for teaching artistry and technique in general, I’ve also found that rote pieces can be a great motivator for students who struggle with vision problems or the ability to read music fluently. Rote pieces can also be an effective tool to use with students who have trouble memorizing. Because they are so patterned, it helps the students learn to recognize melodic and rhythmic motives and commit them to memory very quickly. Don’t we all like to have cool sounding pieces that we can learn quickly and easily perform by memory at a moment’s notice?!

Now, for the exciting part…Paula has generously offered to giveaway a copy of each of her “Little Gems for Piano” books to Music Matters Blog readers! We’ll be giving away one copy of each volume, so just leave a comment below for your chance to win. Two winners will be chosen using a random number generator at noon (CST) on Friday, May 13!

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35 thoughts on “Review and Giveaway of Little Gems for Piano

  1. I love teaching rote pieces — the students’ reactions to an “easy, sounds hard” piece are priceless.

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  3. I’m planning to do more rote teaching with my students and would love to try some of these pieces!

  4. I am using the EASY book with an adult student who is already an intermediate, but who is HOPELESSLY wedded to staring at those black spots on the page, AS IF THEY WERE THE MUSIC. In spite of resisting learning music this way, she is beginning to see how her brain works TOTALLY differently when learning music this way. I really think ALL students, no matter what age, should START this way, because the music is what we HEAR… and then later transfer to seeing how we write the notes on the page.

  5. Great concept and nice sounding compositions – would love to get a copy to study.

  6. I have also generally avoided rote methods but I would love to be included in the drawing and see how it might work in my studio!

  7. What creative and worthwhile pieces! Thank you for the giveaway, Natalie!

    ~Susan T

  8. I’m always looking for new repertoire for my newer students. Especially as I have younger siblings start lessons & don’t want the parents to listen to the same songs for each sibling.

  9. I would love to win this copy, great to introduce this to my adult beginner students.

  10. I love rote pieces. This is great book. I have an early elementary student who would enjoy this. Thank you for the opportunity.

  11. I am always on the lookout for new “gems” that will spark an interest in my piano students! Each student is unique so I have to be aware of all new music so I can match the students to the types of music they like most.

  12. I love this idea and loved the video. I am very interested in using these with my students.

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